A Simple Rule of Thumb for Diffusion on Transition-Metal Surfaces

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Angewandte Chemie International Edition (Impact Factor: 11.26). 10/2006; 45(42):7046-9. DOI: 10.1002/anie.200602223
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On the surface: Diffusion on transition-metal surfaces plays a key role in the transport of atomic and molecular species on catalytic surfaces. Density functional calculations show that there is a simple linear relation that allows the prediction of the diffusion barrier from the binding energy of the diffusing species on the respective metal surface. (Figure Presented).

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